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Public Housing is a service available to needy individuals and families that provides assisted housing in an effort to help those recipients to become financially independent. 


Allen Wilson Terrace and Swanton Heights Apartments

The Housing Authority of the City of Decatur owns and operates  public housing, 98 units in Swanton Heights and currently 136 units in Allen Wilson while the redevelopment is occurring.  Ultimately, the Authority will be back to at least 288 units of Public housing in its great, downtown location.  This housing has helped the City of Decatur meet its commitment to families of limited financial means.  Allen Wilson Terrace started serving families in 1941 and Swanton Heights was first occupied in 1970.  Thousands of families have benefited from these housing resources since 1941 when Allen Wilson was first occupied.  Judge Clarence Cooper, former State Representative Georgia Maddox and pro football player Clarence Scott, are just three of the successful products of Decatur's public housing.

The Housing Authority consistently maintains its commitment to upgrading its properties through the installation of air conditioning systems, upgrading stairwells, repairing and replacing sidewalks and many other projects.  Efforts to better meet the current profile of families needing public housing are being undertaken, including reconfiguring units to the most needed sizes.

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Frequently asked questions

What number am I on the waiting list?
Please call (404) 270-2116 and follow the instructions
Why does my number move up and down?
The waiting list is based on two factors.  The time and date of your original application and preference codes.  If a persons preference code changes then their place on the waiting list will also change, which will cause other people's number to change on the waiting list.
When will I be getting an apartment?
DHA cannot tell you the exact time nor date when you will be able to interview for an apartment.  DHA on has a certain number of units available and it will all depend when people move out of the units.  Once a unit is vacated the DHA will start processing applications from the waiting list.  Usually ten at a time unless it is for the 4 and 5 bedrooms then it will be 5 applications at a time.  We will continue to pull applications until we find a person who qualifies for the unit.

What are the qualifications?
Some of the factors to be considered in the screening are:

  • Criminal Records

  • Credit Records

  • Rent Paying Habits

  • Prior History as a tenant

  • Housekeeping habits

and all other aspects of applicant's ability to maintain the required responsibilities of tenancy.

How can I obtain an application?

Decatur Housing Authority is currently not accepting any applications for our waiting lists at this point in time.


Do I need to get in contact with you if my information changes?
It is the responsibility of the Applicant(s) to immediately notify the Occupancy Unit, in writing, if any of the following changes occur after the Housing Authority has received the

  1. Changes in address and/or telephone number

  2. Any addition to or removal of a member of your household.

  3. Any change in the source of family income. (Employment, SSI etc.)

Are you accepting any applications for the Section 8, Voucher Choice Program?
No, DHA is not accepting applications at this time.  When the waiting list opens for Section 8 there will be an announcement in the newspaper.